Ranked Among the Top in the Country. No. 1 in Washington. Highest in the Pacific Northwest.

Ranked in 10 Specialties

U.S. News & World Report ranked Seattle Children’s as one of the nation’s best children’s hospitals and the highest-ranked hospital in the Pacific Northwest in 10 specialities.

We are honored to be selected for the 22nd consecutive year and the only pediatric medical center in Washington to be ranked.

Nationally Ranked in 10 of 10 Specialty Areas

U.S. News & World Report ranks pediatric hospitals in 10 specialty areas annually. Seattle Children’s received top rankings for all 10 specialties. With more than 200 pediatric hospitals in the United States, Seattle Children’s is proud to be recognized as one of the nation’s best places to care for children.

How our specialties rank for 2014–2015:

No. 5 in Nephrology No. 18 in Cardiology and Heart Surgery
No. 7 in Cancer No. 20 in Gastroenterology and GI Surgery
No. 9 in Urology No. 21 in Orthopedics
No. 13 in Diabetes and Endocrinology No. 21 in Pulmonology
No. 17 in Neurology and Neurosurgery No. 28 in Neonatology

About the Rankings

U.S. News & World Report ranks hospitals on quality-related information, including hospital survival rates, nurse staffing ratios, availability of specialty care, safety and reputation.

“Finding care for a child with a life-threatening or rare condition is one of the most overwhelming experiences parents face,” says Ben Harder, managing editor of healthcare analysis at U.S. News & World Report. “We hope the rankings and information in ‘Best Children’s Hospitals’ help make a family’s search for the best care possible for their child a little easier.”

Visit the U.S. News & World Report website for more information about the rankings.

Learn More About Seattle Children’s Specialties


Our Nephrology team provides specialized care for kidney conditions, including the most complex disorders. We have a transplant program, as well as the only dialysis unit in the region for babies, children and teens.


We treat more than 250 newly diagnosed patients with cancer each year, more than any other center in the region, with top outcomes. Our adolescent and young adult (AYA) unit was the first in the country just for young adults with cancer and blood disorders.


Our experts are leaders in the treatment of common and complex conditions affecting the genitals, urinary tract and bladder. Our Disorders of Sex Development Program is named a Center of Excellence by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

Endocrinology and Diabetes

Our team is board certified in pediatric endocrinology and can treat and evaluate the full range of endocrinology conditions. We provide long-term care for children and teens with diabetes and endocrine system problems, such as puberty growth and thyroid disorders.

Neurology and Neurosurgery

Our Neurosurgery and Neurology specialists use the most advanced techniques, like selective dorsal rhizotomy (SDR) and laser ablation, to treat children with brain and central nervous system conditions. Seattle Children’s has the only comprehensive epilepsy program in the Pacific Northwest especially for children and teens.

Cardiology and Heart Surgery

We perform heart operations every day – more than 500 procedures a year – treating heart defects from mild to critical. Seattle Children’s is the only pediatric heart center in the Pacific Northwest with the depth of expertise to provide comprehensive cardiac care services for infants, children and teens.

Gastroenterology and Hepatology

We offer cutting-edge clinical expertise treating a wide variety of complex and chronic gastrointestinal and liver disorders for children and adolescents. We have the only liver transplant and small bowel transplant programs for children in the Pacific Northwest.


We have the largest team of board-certified pediatric orthopedic surgeons in the region. Developing innovative treatment and providing leading-edge care, our doctors offer early diagnosis to treat and manage musculoskeletal problems.

Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine

The Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine Program has special clinics dedicated to treating children with cystic fibrosis, sleep disorders and asthma. Our multidisciplinary team includes doctors, nurses, social workers, respiratory therapists and dietitians committed to providing your child complete and compassionate care.


Seattle Children’s Level IV NICU offers the highest level of neonatal intensive care in Washington and is one of only two in the state. Equipped to care for the tiniest and most critically ill newborns, our NICU receives patients from nearly all Level III NICUs in Washington and Montana.